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Famous Iranian Americans

Updated June 14, 2019 50.0k views154 items

Some of the most famous actors, athletes, politicians, academics, journalists, and musicians are from Iranian decent. Some of these famous Persian-Americans immigrated to the US, while others are natural-born US citizens. A few of the names on this list have dual citizenship in both Iran and the United States. As of 2011, the US has the second-largest Iranian population outside of the nation of Iran, largely due to a sizable wave of immigration from Iran between the years 1980 and 1990 following the Iranian Revolution and the abolition of the Iranian monarchy. 

Who are some of the most famous Iranian-Americans? Adrian Pasdar tops our list. He's best known for his role as Jim Profit on the hit Fox TV series, Profit. He also has a recurring role Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and has done a ton of voice-acting in some of Marvel's cartoon superhero stories. 

Check our our list of the most famous Iranian-Americans below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
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  • Sarah Shahi

    BirthplaceEuless, Texas, United States of America

    Actress.
  • Catherine Bell

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Actress.
  • Nasim Pedrad

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    Actress, comedian.
  • Nadia Bjorlin

    BirthplaceNewport, Rhode Island, USA

    TV/soap opera actress.
  • Nazanin Boniadi

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    Television and film actress.
  • The Iron Sheik

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    Retired professional wrestler, better known by his stage name of The Iron Sheik.
  • Shohreh Aghdashloo

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    Academy Award-nominated film/television actress
  • Christiane Amanpour

    BirthplaceEngland, London

    Anchor of ABC Sunday morning political affairs program, former CNN chief international correspondent.
  • Maz Jobrani

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    Comedian.
  • Adrian Pasdar

    BirthplacePittsfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Actor.
  • Max Amini

    Max Amini

    Age: 39

    BirthplaceTucson, Arizona, USA

    Comedian.
  • Shawn Daivari

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

    Professional wrestler and manager, better known by his stage names of Sheik Abdul Bashir or simply Daivari.
  • Pierre Omidyar

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Founder of e-Bay.
  • Bahar Soomekh

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    Actress.
  • Anousheh Ansari

    BirthplaceMashhad, Iran

    Cofounder, Prodea systems, Inc.
  • Rudi Bakhtiar

    BirthplaceFresno, California

    Voice of America employee, former Director of Public Relations for the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), former FOX news anchor, former CNN anchor.
  • Maryam Mirzakhani

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    Stanford University Professor.
  • Rosie Malek-Yonan

    Rosie Malek-Yonan

    Age: 55

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    Author of The Crimson Field; Actress, director, and documentary filmmaker.
  • Dan Ahdoot
    Stand-up comedian.
  • Reza Aslan

    Reza Aslan

    Age: 48

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran, Tehran Province, Eurasia, Greater Tehran

    Writer.
  • Elie Tahari

    BirthplaceJerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

    Fashion designer.
  • Antonio Esfandiari

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    Champion poker player.
  • Afshin Ghotbi

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    Soccer coach, former assistant coach of Korea Republic national football team, Los Angeles Galaxy and Iran national team.
  • Rostam Batmanglij

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Keyboard player of Vampire Weekend, music producer.
  • Amir Mokri

    Amir Mokri

    Age: 64

    BirthplaceIran

    Director of photography.